Book cover - Cloud Cuckoo Land - Author Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Author Anthony Doerr

  • Release Date: 2021-09-28
  • Genre: Literary
Our score: 4.5
From 1,328 Ratings

Cloud Cuckoo Land Summary

Cloud Cuckoo Land - On the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks * A New York Times Notable Book * A Barack Obama Favorite * A National Book Award Finalist * Named a Best Book of the Year by Fresh Air, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, and many more

“If you’re looking for a superb novel, look no further.” —The Washington Post

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, comes the instant New York Times bestseller that is a “wildly inventive, a humane and uplifting book for adults that’s infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences” (The New York Times Book Review).

Among the most celebrated and beloved novels of recent times, Cloud Cuckoo Land is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope, and a book.

In the 15th century, an orphan named Anna lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople. She learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds what might be the last copy of a centuries-old book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the army that will lay siege to the city. His path and Anna’s will cross.

In the present day, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno rehearses children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege.

And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father.

Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders whose lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr’s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own.

Cloud Cuckoo Land Review

  • Phenomenal

    By Ninigirl 34567
    One of the best books I’ve ever read. Truly ingenious and a great adventure. You finish it feeling more whole than you did before
  • Strange but great read

    A very unusual book. You have to concentrate to keep all the characters straight, but well worth your time. A blending of ancient time and future. I can't say I understood all the Greek references so I know I missed part of the magic of the book.
  • Read this book

    By Peterw1123
    Probably the best book I’ve ever read in my entire life!
  • Wow

    By Mhowen66
    I ALMOST stopped reading this because I was so confused. I’m so glad I kept reading. When it started making sense, I couldn’t put it down. Very creative how the author wove everything together.
  • An interwoven story

    By my zinnia
    While concentration is necessary to follow the story line at the outset, it is well worth the effort. The characters emerge with every segment and the attachments to each abound.
  • Stunning

    By Russell Russell
    Enthralled from the first sentence.
  • Great read

    By kcw47
    I took a bit to get into this book but loved it once I did. Great lessons very engaging.
  • Keep reading, it’s worth it

    By Cut wood
    At first I thought I wouldn’t keep reading because the book was confusing. I’m glad I kept reading. It didn’t take long for the book to make sense and come together. It’s a wonderful book.
  • Magical

    What a wonderful journey this book provides! The author, like in “All the light we cannot see,” has a way of weaving narratives together that is compelling, satisfying, and beautiful. One of the best books I’ve read in quite a long time. So, so good!
  • A rare page turner!

    By Amigo73
    Loved the characters, with all their flaws, thoughts, and passions for the truth and a better world I’m so glad I got to know them and experience their stories and times.


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